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My Prayer for You (3 of 20)
Series: Forever Living in A Whatever World
What do you pray for? I don't mean little routine prayers. "Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub!" I don't mean "gimme" prayers. "Lord, help me ace this test or win this game." What do you pray for when you are serious and when you are praying for people you really care about--your closest friends, family, or children? What do you pray for?
We could pray for wealth. Then we remember that it takes a steady hand to hold a full cup. Getting rich is not always a blessing. Just look at many of the lottery winners. We could pray for a problem-free life. On the other hand, all sunshine and no rain do a desert make. Health is always good. But we also know that there is more to life than just physical health.
How would we pray if we prayed for matters that truly reflected our core values as followers of Jesus? What would we pray for (for those we really cared about) if we believed as Philippians says: to live is Christ to die is gain, everything else in life is rubbish compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus, and the ultimate treasure is not riches, but contentment. The man or woman who knows contentment has something money can't buy.
That's what today's text is all about. We are in the midst of a several week journey through Philippians, one of my favorite books of the Bible. This is one of the Bible's most personal books. It was written to some of the Apostle Paul's dearest friends. Philippians is also one of the most positive books. At every turn of the page, it speaks of joy, rejoicing, and gladness, despite the fact that Paul sits shackled in a Roman prison awaiting what may well be a death sentence as he writes it. In many ways, the key verse comes in 4:12. "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation."
When Paul receives a messenger from his friends in the distant city of Philippi ...
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